FRG Fundraiser

Yesterday was  a big day!  I participated in my first big FRG event!  I spent the entire morning and half the afternoon at Dave's company selling chili, nachos, frito pies, hot dogs, and baked yummies to the soldiers there.

I luckily have been able to make friends with Chrissy, the FRG Leader, and my neighbor so I was able to jump right and in help out.  We transformed the conference room into a lunch room!

Here's Chrissy before the sale began!

We had a ton of food set up... rows of crock pots filled with hot food and a giant table full of cookies, brownies, bread, pie, cupcakes and more!  We collected donations for 2 1/2 hours and made over $650 for the FRG!  These funds will go toward the company party before the unit deploys this summer!

I had a lot of fun being around these ladies.  It was really great to chat and get to know the women in an environment that was comfortable and familiar.  I wasn't the only new wife their either, so it was great to not feel singled out as being the only new lady there.  

I'm really looking forward to making friends with more of these women and spending more time with them before and during deployment. I have a feeling they are going to be what keeps me sane during that year Dave is gone! 

Shopping in Weiden, Germany

The next closest big city from where I live in Weiden... pronounced Vie-den. It's got tall buildings, department stores, boutiques, tall buildings and parking garages.

Today, my new friend Chrissy and I went into Weiden to do some shopping.  At first, we were going to goto a store called Real which is much like a a super Wal-Mart, but then I decided I'd rather go to the downtown area where all the clothing stores are.

Chrissy and I parked in a garage right in the center of all the shopping.  From the moment went stepped into the little shopping mall... I was in heaven.  This was exactly what I had been looking for.  Stores.  More stores.  LOTS of stores! And all with so super cute clothes!!

Oh... and an H&M.  Seriously.  H&M.  I was in heaven.  Since there are no Forever 21's here.... H&M is like the next best thing.   And let me tell you... it's SO MUCH BETTER than the H&M in the states.  I must go back to this store.  I must go back to Weiden!

Oh... and let me tell you about the shoe stores.  They are everywhere.  And cheap!! I got three pairs of shoes for 55 Euros.  Wow.  Can't pay that much at home for such cutes shoes.  Here's one pair of sandals I got.

And for lunch... we stopped in this little German restaurant that Chrissy had been in before.   I ordered Chili con carne with fresh bread.  It was unlike anything I'd ever tasted before.  Big chunks of ground beef with a red sauce and corn and beans.  FULL of flavor.  It was served in this big pot, almost like that's what it was cooked in.  I barely made a dent in it... but I took the rest home for Emily. YUM!

So... all in all... it was a good day.  Weiden has a farmers market on Saturdays and now that I know where to park... I just might go back there this weekend!!  People keep telling me to goto Amberg for shopping too... Goodness, I can't wait to check it out!

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